Distinguished Engineers

Ernest Chiodo, M.D. '83, J.D. '86, M.S. '07, M.S. '09, is a physician, attorney, certified industrial hygienist, toxicologist and biomedical engineer. He is certified in the specialties of internal medicine, occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, public health and general preventive medicine. Dr. Chiodo has practiced both medicine and law for more than three decades and is an internationally-known forensic expert with a focus on causation analysis of disease and death. He has served as the medical director and manager of medical and public health services for the City of Detroit. Dr. Chiodo received medical and law doctorates as well as a master's in biomedical engineering and a master's in industrial toxicology from Wayne State University; an M.P.H. from Harvard University; a master's in threat response management and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago; and a master's in evidence-based health care from the University of Oxford.

Luis Spitz, B.S. '60, began working with Shell Oil in Venezuela after receiving his bachelor's in chemical engineering from Wayne State. In 1961 he returned to the U.S. and was hired by the Armour-Dial Company (now a Henkel Company) in Chicago, Illinois. He has remained in the soap industry throughout his career. Spitz began serving as a sales representative in 1965 for soap processing plants and equipment in the U.S. and Canada, and in 1978 he established his consulting firm for the soap industry. He has been a member of the American Oil Chemist's Society for decades and has chaired and presented at numerous conferences. Spitz has also edited and co-authored a number of soap processing technology books. He and his wife, Fortuna, helped to launch the Soap Story Museum in Orlando, Florida, containing memorabilia from their soap collection.

Russell Gronevelt, M.S. '82, began his career with the City of Livonia shortly after earning his bachelor's in civil engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969. He later became director of the Department of Public Works for the city, and in 1987 was named assistant county executive and director of public services for Wayne County, where he was responsible for the fifth largest public works organization in the nation. Gronevelt was honored in 1994 by the American Public Works Association as one of the top ten public works leaders in the U.S. In 1997, Russ joined Orchard, Hiltz, McCliment, Inc., a civil engineering consulting firm, as director of transportation, and became president in 1999. Gronevelt has been active in several professional organizations, including the Michigan County Road Association, and is a past member of the WSU Advisory Board and the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees.

Uma Raghavan, M.S. '94, is a founder, advisor and former CTO of Integris, a VC-funded enterprise software company based in Seattle, Washington. As the founding CTO, Raghavan was responsible for the core technology vision of putting enterprise privacy at the intersection of core computer science constructs of microservices, containerization, distributed computing and machine learning. She hired and led the engineering team responsible for the product's architecture and execution, and was the technologist leader selling the Integris product to CTOs of large Fortune 500 companies. Raghavan is a 25-year veteran technology executive with a successful track record of designing, building and operating large web-scale software systems for eBay, Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart and Daimler Chrysler. She holds a bachelor's in engineering from Bangalore University in India, and a master's in computer science from Wayne State University.

Maninder Chhabra, M.S. '90, has successfully founded and lead several global technology companies to profitability and is currently CEO of Cloudwick, a leading Silicon Valley professional services company with focus on data analytics and machine learning. Since founding Cloudwick in 2011, Chhabra has grown it into an international company with presence in the U.S., the United Kingdom and India. His company is known for its engineering depth and has delivered many successful projects in emerging technologies to Fortune 500 organizations. Chhabra was previously a partner at JB Micro, Inc., managing sales and operations for the California-based IT company, and vice president of MobileAria, a developer of fleet management and security services for mobile transportation platforms. He holds a master's in computer science from Wayne State University.

Mark Reinhard, B.S. '82, is founder and president of Forward View Displays, an LCD display integration company based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He has taken his knowledge of electronics and manufacturing gained at Motorola Semiconductor and Sharp Microelectronics and applied them to a business that designs and builds custom display solutions for medical, commercial and industrial customers throughout the U.S. Reinhard has been published in the Consumer Electronics handbook, was a frequent contributor to EE Times and has been recognized for his coaching contributions to Special Olympics basketball in his hometown of Barrington, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's from Wayne State University and his M.B.A. from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Nabil Raad, Ph.D. '18, is the director of product development analytics at Ford Motor Company. In this capacity, Raad leads the development of analytical solutions and decision-support capabilities that elevate the design and engineering of Ford and Lincoln vehicles. This includes diverse applications such as virtual testing, quality management, and process innovation. Raad's past roles with Ford include director of enterprise risk, director of Ford Credit's global business center in India, regional risk director for Asia-Pacific and Africa, pricing analytics manager and portfolio manager for North America. He has extensive experience in the field of complex adaptive systems where he has largely focused on developing transformative strategies that shape and shift the behavior of social-technical systems across many disciplines. He holds a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Wayne State University.

Mousa Mohsen, Ph.D. '91, is a professor and dean of the School of Engineering at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. His research interests are energy systems, renewable energy, water treatment and desalination, and integration of energy and water systems. His published work exceeds 60 journal papers, he has presented at numerous international conferences, and he has developed curricula for many undergraduate and graduate programs. Mohsen was formerly a professor at Hashemite University and associate professor at Applied Science University, both located in Jordan. He has managed and coordinated several research projects funded by regional and international agencies, and in 2009 was awarded the National Research Leader Award by Elsevier Scopus. Mohsen holds two degrees from the University of New York at Buffalo as well as a master's from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University.